Several cooling towers in the town of Hopkins, MN are under investigation as the number of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease continues to rise. The town has seen 23 cases of the disease within the past two months, one of them fatal.
Residents of the town, which has a population of 18,000, were told last week that the Minnesota Department of Health is conducting tests on several water towers. The seven water towers under investigation have been named. Testing samples have been taken and the towers are now undergoing routine disinfection, though test results for Legionella are not yet available. No cooling tower registration exists in Minnesota, and owners are responsible for the upkeep of their towers.
The Hopkins cluster is now the second-largest outbreak recorded in Minnesota. A 1995 outbreak in Luverne sickened 24 people, though it seems likely that this record will soon be broken by the events in Hopkins.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.